La Gabbia is a performance about the universal suffering of the body. The artist erases her body and spirit through a tragic yet poetic gesture, pushing 500 white roses one-by-one through the walls of a cage until she is completely obscured. A rose crystallized in sugar is contained within a glass globe–fragile, beautiful, precious. The delicate scent of rose oil recalls the fresh white roses twisted through the cage during the performance. The edible rose is brushed with egg white and preserved in sugar. It may be eaten or displayed, and will last six months to a year. It is accompanied by an exclusive scent ELLA by NYC-based ARQUISTE Parfumeur. ELLA is constructed around the idea of a woman’s body, inspired by the performance with its floral and carnal notes. A limited quantity of these numbered editions was distributed as part of the performance.
About Kreëmart x Romina De Novellis
Italian performance artist Romina De Novellis arrived at performance art by way of dance and theater. Trained as a classical dancer and choreographer, her multidisciplinary approach to bodily gesture and physical vulnerability locates the body within a philosophical, anthropological, and sociological context. Novellis’ performances are materialized as photography and video, which are produced by Mauro Bordin.
De Novellis was born in Naples, grew up in Rome, and currently resides in Paris. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Dance of London in 1999 and went on to receive a Master of the DAMS of the University Rome 3 in 2008, and also holds a PhD in Anthropology. She has performed at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, in several Nuit Blanches, and in the FIAC Outdoors in the Jardin des Plantes. She’s also performed during the opening week of events at the Venice Biennales of 2011 and 2013.
Kreëmart is an artistic entity that collaborates with artists, taking them out of their typical creative process by introducing them to the medium of dessert. Unrestricted, they are partnered with the best pastry Chefs to produce their own conception. Kreëmart is based in New York.
About ARQUISTE Parfumeur
Created and curated by Carlos Huber, an architect specializing in Historic Preservation, ARQUISTE is a fragrance collection that transports the wearer to evocative moments in history. A scent is a time capsule. It can invoke our most intimate memories and dreams and open doors to distant worlds.